Social Perspectives on Personality Disorder (SW4716) Short Course

Social Perspectives on Personality Disorder (SW4716) Short Course

This module will provide students with an opportunity to broaden their understanding of personality disorder and associated assessments and interventions.

A range of modules are available to enhance your knowledge, develop skills and further your CPD. Credits can be gained on a standalone modular basis or used to achieve one of the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s CPD target awards.

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time


COURSE LENGTH: Within 3 months, comprising 6 days of teaching and experiential learning, plus self-directed study time.

SCHOOL: School of Social Work, Care and Community

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: To be confirmed. To be notified please email

Entry Requirements:

This module is aimed at practitioners who already work in mental health services, and who wish to raise their awareness and refine their practice to incorporate a psychosocial, relationship-based approach. It is also open to those who are interested in developing their knowledge in this area.

All candidates need to ensure that they have a relevant undergraduate degree at 2:2 or above, or evidence of their ability to study at postgraduate level.

Course Content

This module will provide students with an opportunity to broaden their understanding of personality disorder and associated assessments and interventions. Students will be able to critically reflect on and enhance their capacity for working with individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder from a social perspective. They will be able to make links with their current practice or approach, and explore further the inherent complex challenges that arise from this diagnosis.

The module covers topics including:

  • Social, political and psychological approaches and interventions and how they contrast with biomedical approaches (including aetiology and classification)
  • Models of intervention with mental distress – Cognitive behavioural and Dialectical Behavioural
  • Developing awareness of the emotional demands on the practitioner and the meaning of emotional intelligence and resilience
  • Understanding the significance of social capital, social exclusion and access to services for service users from diverse backgrounds
  • Professional responses – our own and others’ – and the multidisciplinary approach

20 Credit Module at Level 7

Learning Environment & Assessment

Written Critical Incident Analysis

Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on psychological, sociological and political explanations of personality disorder
  • Critically evaluate the models of personality disorder within the context of models of mental illness
  • Reflect on their own perceptions and values when working with personality disorder
  • Critically reflect on social explanations and approaches and how these differ from biomedical explanations
  • Critically review personal attitudes, values and beliefs regarding personality disorder
  • Critically examine the impact of evidence based practice on the effectiveness of a range of service options.

Industry links & professional accreditation

The School of Social Work Care and Community has worked closely with some of the key local statutory and independent employers in the development of this module. The learning from this module can be used to requirements for continuing professional development and continuing education.


Progression Routes

Under the School of Social Work, Care and Community’s Centre for CPD portfolio, this module can be completed as standalone or towards one of the following courses:

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Community Justice
Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Development and Practice
Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Practice with Adults
Masters in Professional Development and Practice

For full details of the Centre for CPD's offering and progression routes please visit



Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Please contact the CPD team for specific guidance to support you in completing an application and to ensure it is directed appropriately once submitted. You will be advised to apply through the University Online Application System.

Individuals should initially discuss their application with their employer as arrangements may be in place for financial and study leave support.

Should you have any further questions about the application or enrolment process please contact the CPD team on:
Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361/3408

This module can be delivered on site for groups of staff, to help meet your workforce development needs. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

About UCLan

Centre for CPD

School of Social Work, Care & Community

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 894361